David Ware

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David Spencer Ware(November 7, 1949 – October 18, 2012) was an American jazz saxophonist ,composer, and bandleader.

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 David Ware's Biography

In the early 1980s, he returned to Scotch Plains with his wife Setsuko S. Ware.

Ware's debut album as a leader was recorded in 1977 – together with pianist Gene Ashton (aka Cooper-Moore ) and drummer Marc Edwards – and released by HatHut Records in 1979. He performed and recorded with the groups of pianist Cecil Taylor and drummer Andrew Cyrille in the mid–late 1970s. His formed his own quartet in 1989. The group was originally composed of Ware, pianist Matthew Shipp , bassist William Parker and drummer Marc Edwards . While Shipp and Parker were members for the group's entire existence, the drum chair was later occupied by Whit Dickey , Susie Ibarra , and Guillermo E. Brown .

In 2001 jazz critic Gary Giddins described Ware's quartet as "the best small band in jazz today."In 2007, after 17 years together, the quartet was disbanded following the release of the albumRenunciationand a final European tour that spring. Ware proceeded to perform concerts and record albums with a series of new group configurations: a new quartet featuring guitarist Joe Morris , William Parker, and drummer Warren Smith ; a special trio celebrating his 50th year of playing saxophone (in 2009) with Parker and Smith; a 2-volume series of solo saxophone performances; and finally with his last quartet, Planetary Unknown, featuring Cooper-Moore , Parker, and drummer Muhammad Ali . His final concert performance was with Planetary Unknown on August 27, 2011 at Jazzfestival Saalfelden in Austria. The recording of that concert was released in July 2012 on AUM Fidelity .

He finally succumbed to an aggressive blood infectionand died on October 18, 2012 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey , aged 62.

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 David Ware's Discography

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As sideman[]

With Abdul Hannan / The Third World

  • Awareness(Abdul Hannan, 1971)

WithAndrew Cyrille& Maono

With DJ Wally

  • Nothing Stays the Same(Thirsty Ear, 2003; Ware plays only on "Out of the Blue")

WithCecil TaylorUnit

WithBeaver Harris

  • African Drums(Owl, 1978)

WithAhmed Abdullah

  • And the Solomonic Quintet(Silkheart, 1988)


  • Outtakes 1978(Hopscotch, 2005)

WithWilliam Parker

  • Centering: Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987(NoBusiness, 2012)

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 David Ware's References

  1. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/20/arts/music/david-s-ware-adventurous-saxophonist-dies-at-62.html?_r=0
  2. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/10/21/pianist-matthew-shipp-says-goodbye-to-tenor-colossus-david-s-ware.html
  3. Allmusic
  4. Ware, David S. "David S. Ware", JazzTimes, June 2003. "Ware drove taxis for 14 years in New York City, where he relocated in 1973 after growing up in Scotch Plains and later attending Boston's Berklee College of Music."
  5. Giddins, Gary (2001). "Go Tell It on the Mountain: David Ware’s Quartet Demands Overstatement" at the Wayback Machine (archived July 4, 2008) 31 July 2001, URL accessed 30 April 2012.
  6. http://www.aumfidelity.com/david-s-ware-health.html
  7. La Gorce, Tammy. "A Gift of Life and Music: Musician David S. Ware, of Scotch Plains, recovered from a kidney transplant...with a little help from his fans.", New Jersey Monthly, December 14, 2009. Accessed August 9, 2011. "David S. Ware, 60, a tenor saxophonist from Scotch Plains, got more than support. He got a new kidney.... Having regained his health, Ware, a graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, is planning to release an experimental jazz album this spring."
  8. http://www.downbeat.com/default.asp?sect=news&subsect=news_detail&nid=2023
  9. http://www.aumfidelity.com/david-s-ware.html
  10. "RIP David S. Ware". Ottawa Citizen. 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 

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